For years, I have been witness to the enhancing availability of medicines to young adults in the U.S. I have broadcast and also in print asking for moms and dads to be a lot more knowledgeable about substance abuse and also the risks that can create from it.
We have actually seen many clinical studies that highlight the physical damage– both to our mind as well as to our cardio system– from substance abuse. According to a study from the Centers for Illness Control as well as Prevention in September, fatalities from medication overdose and misuse currently surpass deaths from automobile mishaps in the U.S. The statistics revealed the very first time that medicines went beyond vehicle crashes as one of the leading reasons of fatality considering that the federal government first began tracking drug-related fatalities in 1979.
These facts additionally disclosed the ever-growing trend of drug abuse among American grownups, as well as a lot more importantly, teens.
According to records, teenager substance abuse has actually been on the surge over the past decade. A record released Wednesday by The Partnership at Drugfree.org revealed that “hefty” marijuana use amongst teens is up 80 percent, with one in 10 teenagers reporting that they use the medication a minimum of 20 times a month.
A a lot more troubling trend is the rise of prescription drug abuse. According to the National Institute on Substance abuse, prescription as well as non-prescription medications are some of one of the most commonly over used medicines by senior high school seniors. A study of young adults by the CDC in 2009 found that one in 5 young adults had taken prescription medicines without a medical professional’s prescription.
Some of the most generally over used prescription medicines consist of discomfort killers, with over 5.1 million individuals taking them non-medically in 2010. According to the National Info Facility for Pain Medicine Dependency, over 40 million painkiller prescriptions were given in 1991.
The reason for all of this misuse: We’ve become as well unwinded on the flow of these drugs.
Allow me tell you a tale that occurred to me recently.
A number of months ago, I started to get call from a significant drug store chain asking me for my approval for a painkiller prescription. According to this pharmacologist, it was the third time I had actually contacted a prescription for this pain reliever that week, and they needed to validate it.
To my surprise, this prescription was contacted an individual I had never heard of previously. It was a man’s name, which was a lot more questionable given that I am a gynecologist as well as do not treat guys.
When I asked the pharmacologist why I was not informed faster about this pain reliever prescription, he informed me they did not have to alert me. It appears that anyone with the ideal ID numbers could call on the phone posing my identity and also could get any one of these narcotics over the phone.
When I called the pharmacy board of the state, they agreed that there’s no mechanism of checks and also balances when it involves prescriptions filled over the phone as long as the info given is proper. So it appears that medical professional identity is alive as well as well.